A higher incidence of certain infectious diseases, including TB, among prison and jail inmates is especially problematic for correctional and detention facility staff. The corrections system annually releases 11.5 million inmates, potentially contributing to the rising rates of infectious disease in the community. Effective TB prevention and control measures—including identification, early treatment and/or prevention – can be cost effective solutions if undertaken by corrections. Taking advantage of this opportunity by collaborating with public health efforts will contribute significantly to the health of both inmates and the community at large.
Recognizing that public health and corrections have differing missions and that barriers to improving health services in prisons and jails may exist, collaboration between corrections and public health can overcome many of the challenges that facilities face with regard to tuberculosis. For further information, view the resources for public health and correctional staff provided below.
RESOURCES AND REFERENCE MATERIAL
State Specific Corrections Websites
Training and Consultation
Mini-Fellowship in Corrections
Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center offers training, products and consultation to facilitate the collaboration between public health and correctional facilities. Mini-Fellowships for corrections and public health staff offer one-on-one training tailored for the participant, and all sessions include intensive, supervised clinical and/or field experience in a correctional setting. Download and complete a Mini-Fellowship application.
Consultation is also provided by an SNTC expert with years of public health and corrections experience geared toward the unique circumstances faced by corrections staff and the public health corrections liaison. Contact Ellen Murray at SNTC for answers to those questions about TB behind the bars. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center is designated as a Regional Tuberculosis Training and Medical Consultation Center (RTMCC) via a funded cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our RTMCC serves the Southeast U.S. region which consists of thirteen jurisdictions: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center welcomes inquiries from our Southeast region constituents regarding training, educational products, technical assistance, and medical consultation.